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Good News for Caregivers in Canada: Eligibility requirements eased

An announcement was made by the office of Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on February 10, 2023, regarding the amount of work experience in Canada a caregiver should have to qualify for permanent residence. The representatives stated that the amount of work experience required within Canada is now 12 months, down from 24 months.

As a result of this, caregivers who currently have the eligible amount of work experience within Canada from a previous work permit can now apply for permanent residence.

This change will take effect on April 30, 2023. However, those who have already applied will not have to wait until this date to benefit from the updated caregiver pilot.

The new eligibility criteria is applicable to both the Home Child Care Provider (HCCP) pilot and the Home Support Worker (HSW) pilot. Caregivers who have already submitted an application for permanent residence and those who intend to apply for the remainder of the pilots are included.

It is expected that approximately 90% of applications currently being processed will benefit from the eased requirements. The caregiver pilots are expected to conclude in June 2024. At that time, they can either be made into a permanent program or discontinued.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says this quicker path to Canadian permanent residence will benefit many caregivers and their families who wish to become permanent residents. It is also IRCC’s intent to improve application processing by reducing the amount of required work experience in Canada.

The caregiver pilots were launched in 2019, and since then, approximately 1,600 caregivers and their families have become Canadian permanent residents. In 2022, 1,100 caregivers and their families became Canadian permanent residents.

According to a statement credited to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, “Caregivers are an important option for families in Canada and have played an instrumental role in the lives of many growing children, aging parents, and those who need additional specialized care”. The statement continued, “By reducing the work experience required in Canada to one year, more caregivers and their families will become eligible to transition to permanent residence sooner, meaning that they can settle down and start the next chapter of their lives here in Canada.”

Approximately 75% of Canada’s population growth is credited to immigration. Immigrants could account for up to 30% of Canada’s population by 2036, compared to 20.7% back in 2011.

Canada is expecting to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, mainly through economic immigration programs.

Contact us today to apply for these pilot programs at 416-800-9891 or

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